Before I went home for Easter I had a crack at making tiles- I suppose the tiles I’ve made a pretty basic, I’m paying more attention to the content on them.
I’ve been particularly inspired by delftware as it’s such a traditional technique which has been tweaked and evolved slightly throughout the centuries. To create something in a traditional way which puts forward modern ideas is fun! The two images below are from my journal- from the research I’ve done on English delftware and the blue plaque scheme…
I stumbled upon a little book called Art Tiles in the library full of-yep you’ve guessed it- tiles by artists- some quirky and playful, others more ‘serious”. Ha, it’s funny talking about tiles in such a way!
Like Delftware tiles, made of earthenware, Dot Kolentsis has made what seems a more traditional tile being blue and white.
I really like this, Doug Spalding has created something comical and very bright; using colours one would actually find on street signs in the city.
Not too keen on this one… Maybe because it’s, dare I say it…ordinary? Set over three tiles Janet Fergus’s potted plant design looks like something one would find in a 20’s bathroom. Interestingly the press-mould image is set over 3 rectangular tiles… The colours would be quite camouflaged if placed on a red brick wall, which is something to consider when choosing glazes for my tiles/ plaques.
Tiles don’t have to be flat! I really do admire Colin Johnson’s Moonflower tiles. They are so sleek! Not practical but the shapes and shadows they make are awesome. I think because the tiles are made of inexpensive clay and are bare, this emphasises their dimension. The focus is on the shape they create and not an individual tile.
A page from the book Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Pottery… I did a bit of research on the best ways to make tiles before I got stuck in, as in the past I’ve made them and they have warped etc
Pages from my journal and the picture below this one shows how I moved this idea forwards to then experiment making earthenware tiles which when laid together read “Follow The Crowd”